The Harvard women’s volleyball team played four games over the past two weekends against big contenders in the Ivy League. Of the four matches, the Crimson emerged victorious in only one, and the rest were nail-biters.
Junior middle blocker Ava Rauser prepares for a spike in a 3-1 loss to Yale on Oct. 7. Rauser and the Crimson, with a conference record of 3-4, still have a chance at earning one of the four bids to the Ivy League Championship Tournament, which starts Nov. 18.
Junior middle hitter Olivia Cooper and senior setter Bella Almanza sky for a block during Harvard's 3-1 loss to Yale on Oct. 7. Over the past weekend's victories in New York, Cooper and Almanza were key contributors as Harvard kept its Ivy League Tournament hopes alive.
Harvard Women's Volleyball Beats Cornell and Columbia on New York Road Trip, Keeping Ivy League Tournament Berth In Play
This past weekend, Harvard women’s volleyball returned from a successful New York road trip with two more wins under its belt against Cornell and Columbia, starting off the final three weeks of its 2022 season strong.
The Harvard women’s volleyball team hosted a competitive double-header as it continued Ivy League play in front of students, alumni, parents, and fans this past weekend. The hosts showed their resilience, bouncing back from the previous weekend’s loss to Dartmouth and topping Penn in a tight five-setter for its second win of the season on Friday. The next day, however, the Crimson, despite respectable performances from its players, came up short against a strong Princeton offense. Saturday’s matchup was a headline of the Title IX Celebration Weekend, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at the College.
This past weekend, the Harvard women’s volleyball team traveled to Durham, N.C. to face off against Winthrop University and Duke University in a double header weekend. Despite two commendable performances, the Crimson was unable to find victory in its journey to the Tar Heel State.
Last weekend the women’s volleyball team finished out its season, losing to Brown (20-4, 13-1 Ivy League) and Yale (16-7, 9-5) with scores of 3-0 and 3-2, respectively. The Crimson’s 10-13, 7-7 record is a marked improvement from its previous season’s record of 5-18, 2-10 in 2019.
Women’s Volleyball Breezes Past Princeton, Fights Back but Ultimately Falls to Penn in Tight Decider
The top floor of the Malkin Athletic Center erupted in cheers from students and parents alike as sophomore hitter Ashley Wang delivered a kill to clinch the fourth set for the Crimson (9-10, 6-4 Ivy League) in Saturday’s match against the University of Pennsylvania (6-13, 3-7). The Quakers had cruised through the first two sets, but Harvard clawed its way back in the third and fourth to send the match into a decider. Despite saving five match points, the Crimson could not turn the corner and lost the fifth set 18-16.
Shouldering the Responsibility: Women’s Volleyball’s Julia Beckmann Captains Her Team Despite Medical Retirement
In July of 2021, senior outside attacker Julia Beckmann was faced with an extremely challenging set of circumstances.
Coming off a grueling five-set loss on the road to Princeton last weekend, the Harvard women’s volleyball team (6-8, 3-2 Ivy League) responded with a huge 3-2 win at Yale (10-4, 3-2 Ivy League) on Friday, before falling to Brown (12-3, 5-0 Ivy League) 3-1 on Saturday.
Women’s Volleyball Continues Competitive Ivy League Play, Defeating Penn, Losing to Princeton in a Decider
This past weekend, Harvard (5-7, 2-1 Ivy League) traveled to Penn (4-8, 1-2 Ivy League) and Princeton (9-2, 3-0 Ivy League) for a pair of conference matchups, delivering a win against the Quakers on Friday and dropping a close contest to the Tigers on Saturday.
Women's volleyball bounced back from a defeat at the hands of nationally-ranked Oregon, defeating Howard and American to improve to 3-6 on the season.